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Old 02-15-2009, 04:38 PM   #15
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I have a new Zip Dee awning in a box waiting to be installed on my 65 Caravel. I've been debating whether to go Zip Dee or Vintage pole awning. The Zip Dee came with the trailer and I have yet to put it on thinking that I might want to preserve the "clean" lines of the old trailer and just throw up a pole awning when I needed it.
I don't even know what a new Zip Dee awning for a Caravel is worth but my guess is it's more than a $300 pole awning.

I guess I'm asking for pros and cons of each based on the forums vast experience.

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This is our vintage awning on our 1965 Caravel, just go to my web site below and click on links, will show you where we bought the awning and poles.
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:05 PM   #16
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Faced with the same decision on my 68 Tradewind, I opted for the vintage awning. It was way cheaper (I want to say the zip was north of $1K) and I was into the vintage look. Mine was custom made by an outfit in Illinois, they give you a lot of choices- fabric, patterns, valence shapes, and depth. I am certain that my vintage provides much more shade than a zip does. On the other hand, it is a PITA to deal with especialy taking down in a stiff breeze. If you have plenty of cash and ease of function is your goal- go zip. On the other hand, if cash is tight or you dont mind the extra hassels of the vintage, I am sure you will be happy with one of those (and oh yeah, the cool factor you get with the vintage and a good polish job).
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Old 02-15-2009, 06:58 PM   #17
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I'm going with the vintage pole awning because my wife told me that is what I want.
Ask her to reconsider- we have the vintage awning on a few- and after I had to help take one down in a storm (because it is NOT a one person job) I told my husband- from here on out- ZIP DEE! Especially on the longer trailers! The vintage ones are big PIA!
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Old 02-15-2009, 07:46 PM   #18
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We have a vintage pole awnings for both our trailers. On our '64 GT it's the kind with the stakes & ropes. On our '56 Safari its the ropeless kind, it has a rigid frame instead. I can see that the vintage style (especially the framed one) might be more difficult to put up for a one night stay...but we are the type of campers that stay put in one spot for longer than that.

The reason we went with these instead of the ZipDee is they can stick out from the trailer farther which gives you more shade - I think it's like 9 or 10 feet, I don't recall right now (it's winter). Also, with our GT the arm of the ZipDee would prevent the door from opening beyond 90-degrees - I think even with the detachable arm thingie. The brackets are too close to the door's hinge. The Safari's door opens opposite, so that wouldn't be a problem - but we just LOVE the clean uninterrupted lines of the vintage trailers w/o permanently affixed awnings (or rooftop A/C for that matter - but that's for a different thread).

I'm with Sugarfoot, it's not that difficult to put up/down the rope/pole awning (even my myself) after you've done it once or twice. However with a longer trailer like 24+ I could see where it would be more of a chore.

We have yet to deploy our framed awning on the '56 Safari - we hope to this summer once the restoration is complete.

Oh and BTW...your wife is a smart cookie Aerowood! You are wise to listen to her ~

I've never heard of a ZipDee costing less than $1K...seems like the cost per square foot of shade is pretty high - especially with a small trailer like a Caravel...although, we have friends that just got one for their Caravel - I haven't seen it up yet though to see how much shade it provides.

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Old 02-15-2009, 07:46 PM   #19
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ZipDee, but don't tell my wife I told you this. I have the poll type on the 59, she made it, it's cool but I like the ease of the ZipDee. The wife is ALWAYS right......... in public!
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:44 PM   #20
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Vintage all the way

We prefer the Vintage look. Takes a bit longer but worth it. We get endless positive compliments on it. It is free standing with no wires to trip over.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:25 PM   #21
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Here is our Caravel with the Carefree. One support extended, the other one not. We sometimes use this configuration.
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:36 PM   #22
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Hello,

We have vintage... it is easy to put up and manage on small Airstreams. With the vintage awning you never have to worry about clipping the parts that stick out from the side. When you have nice shade and such, you don't have to put up the awning if you choose not to, or if you are wanting to keep the travel accessories "light" you can leave it home if you know you likely won't want it. The arm things in the way, can be a real head knocker, especially at night... on the Zip Dee's.

I am sure the awning that came on the 65 Caravel was similar to the vintage ones...

It is mostly a matter of personal choice ~ perceived appearance, or perceived convenience. Good luck on making a decision!

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Old 02-15-2009, 10:56 PM   #23
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Gerr, where did you get a frame like that for your awning? Not having ropes looks like a great idea. Is there a rigid square frame under the awning and how does it break down for storage?

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Old 02-15-2009, 11:11 PM   #24
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Hey there, as far as price, I believe the Zip Dee for my 1967 22' was close to $2,500. I had it installed last summer. It's not cheap, but it sure is handy. I thought long and hard about going with the "vintage" pole awning set up, but I went for convenience and the quality of the Zip Dee is exceptional.
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It is free standing with no wires to trip over.
That's what we have for our '56...can't wait to set it up! So clean & tidy looking!

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Old 02-16-2009, 08:20 AM   #26
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That's what we have for our '56...can't wait to set it up! So clean & tidy looking!

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Shari:

I am not farmiliar with the frame version. I am very interested. Can you tell us more?

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Shari:

I'm also interested in your frame-type, rope-less, awning. You and Gerr seem to on to something here, a third option.

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I've been burrowing deep into the forums under the "awning" section and came up with a partial answer to my own question. I think ts8501 was also interested in this frame-type awning.

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I believe this was found in an old post by "InsideOut" (Maxwell). Thank you.

I wonder if there are any newer incarnations of this frame-awning idea?

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